Q. Can abnormal edges of liver in ultrasound mean cancer?

Answered by
Dr. A V Hussain Shihaz
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 27, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am a 45-year-old male, non-smoker and social drinker. I am a generally healthy with no underlying medical conditions, or family history of severe illness. The only thing I have been diagnosed with is idiopathic hematuria which was told to me around two years ago. I have no other symptoms, appetite is fine and no major weight loss. However the last few weeks I was having twinges around different areas of the stomach and aching kidneys. I decided to have an ultrasound yesterday, all organs were fine however something starting with H was seen in the liver. The person undertaking the ultrasound says these are normal but mine has a fuzzy edge and to make sure all is okay she has sent me for a cat scan with contrast. Her opinion was it looks fine but best to check. I have health anxiety so my alarm bells are ringing with liver cancer. I understand the chances of me having this are low but would like an opinion from an expert.

Dr. A V Hussain Shihaz

Medical Gastroenterology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your concern. From what you have mentioned the doctor has probably identified a hemangioma which is a common finding and benign, the confirmation and characterization of a hemangioma of liver is best done with a CT scan, the chances of it being a liver cancer is extremely low in view of your health status. I would advise you to go ahead with the CT scan so that we can confirm and also assuage your concerns.


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Hi doctor,

Thank you. Can these grow and cause symptoms?

Dr. A V Hussain Shihaz

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

They are usually very slow growing ,if growing at all. They would cause symptoms only if large in size, usually any hemangioma of less than 5 cm and without any symptoms are left alone and not medically intervened.


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